Future 'Bloodborne' update will adjust player levels during co-op matches

July 6, 2015

From Software deserves some recognition for listening to fans of its games and responding with actual features. A good example of this is highlighted in an upcoming update for its PS4-exclusive game Bloodborne. In the last update to the game, From Software added a method where you could actually summon your friends by allowing them to have a special password that you could share.

But one of the things that needed a bit of tweaking is making sure both players are at or about the same level - something From Software says it will adjust in its next update to the game (1.05).

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'Mighty No.9' makers announce new game project

July 6, 2015

Mighty No. 9 developer Comcept has launched another crowd funding campaign (two actually, but one isn't game related) for the first chapter in a new game franchise called Red Ash: The Indeligible Legend. The first chapter, "The KalKanon Incident," is being developed for Windows and will feature characters named after Beck and Call from Might No. 9. The game ties directly into the anime Red Ash: Magicicada, which is $46,000 toward a $150,000 goal on Kickstarter as of this writing.

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Cloud Imperium opens Frankfurt studio

July 6, 2015

Cloud Imperium Games, the independent game company co-founded by Chris Roberts in 2012, has opened a new office in Frankfurt, Germany as it continues crowdfunding development of its space sim Star Citizen. The new office in Frankfurt has also hired a number of former Crytek employees, including studio head and former Ryse senior producer Brian Chambers. This new Frankfurt office will be under the watchful eye of Manchester, England-based Foundry 42,  headed up by Erin Roberts.

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Chris Christie takes aim at Rand Paul over the Patriot Act

July 6, 2015

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) took a hard shot at GOP presidential rival Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) for his part in letting the USA Patriot Act expire earlier this year. Christie, clearly a hawk who supports the NSA's spying programs, said that Paul should have to answer to Congress if a terrorists attack occurs due to the government not having access to warrantless bulk data collection capabilities.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Christie also said that voters are concerned about the threat posed by terrorists.

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Former Valve economist is now a former Greek finance minister too

July 6, 2015

Former Valve economist Yanis Varoufakis is now the former Greek Finance Minister as well. Varoufakis took the post a mere six months ago, but given the financial turmoil in the country at present and some in the government playing financial chicken with the loans owed to the International Monetary Fund, it's understandable why Varoufakis would simply walk away from the post. Read more

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Square Enix pulls 'Final Fantasy 14' for Mac from sale, offers refunds

July 6, 2015

Square Enix has pulled the Mac version of Final Fantasy XIV from sale and apologized to customers for the number of bugs and glitches that plague the game. In a forum post Square Enix apologized and put a fair share of the blame on Open GL. Read more

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The war is over: Andrew Eisen proclaims the Wii U the winner of exclusives

July 6, 2015

Making the case that the Wii U is the winner in the war of exclusives, Andrew offers some evidence in his latest video "Exclusive Games: Wii U Wins the War."

"Wii U has more than double the exclusives of either the Xbox One or PS4," declares Andrew Eisen in his latest video. "Hell, it has more than both of them combined!"

I think them is fighting words, but I'm afraid to argue with Andrew because he might bludgeon me to death with an old Wii Balance Board he has lying about his apartment.

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'Prescription Pixel' offers a space for gamers to talk about mental health issues

July 6, 2015

This Kotaku Australia article highlights a new web site dedicated to creating a safe space for people who like gaming and want to discuss mental health issues called Prescription Pixel. Speaking to Kotaku Australia, founder "Jennifer" (described as a YouTube broadcaster and a psychologist in her day job) says the site is meant to serve as an important resource to gamers who might find themselves isolated, feeling alone and depressed.

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NCAA players' video game lawsuit inches closer to being settled

July 6, 2015

A settlement between former college players Electronic Arts, Collegiate Licensing Company and the NCAA is nearing the final stretch. College players sued the aforementioned parties claiming that EA video games used their likenesses without providing any proper compensation. EA decided to settle last year and U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken gave it preliminary approval last July.

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'Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition' announced

July 6, 2015

A special beta for the Windows 10 version of Minecraft will be launched on July 29, Mojang announced at its Minecon event in London over the weekend. The beta for the Windows 10 enhanced version of the game will be launched alongside the operating system which is set to be given away for free worldwide on July 29.

If you already own the PC version of the game, it will be a free upgrade - and if you don't own it you can get it for $10.

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Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

July 3, 2015

To all of our American readers - and on behalf of the ECA, GamePolitics, and my good friends Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight -  I wish you a happy and safe Independence Day. We'll be busy this weekend worshipping at the altar of the goddess of meats (or vegetables if that's your jam), drinking tasty beverages (some may or may not contain an alcoholic content), watching parades, spending time with family, watching fireworks, playing games or watching cat videos. Maybe one or two of us will even read a book or something!

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Evolutionary biologist: we play violent games, because sex

July 3, 2015

Evolutionary biologist Michael Kasumovic thinks that the reason many of us play violent video games has a lot do with sex - or at least the competition associated with it. Kasumovic, a member of the Ecology and Evolution Research Group at the University of New South Wales (UK), tells radio program RN Afternoons (on ABCRadioNational) that video games may allow us to practice the competitive ability related to finding a mate.

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Blizzard launches Bonus XP weekend for 'Heroes of the Storm'

July 3, 2015

Yesterday Blizzard launched a 100% XP Bonus event for its popular MOBA game Heroes of the Storm. The 100% XP extended weekend will run until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 6 local time for each region.

The extended event is an apology of sorts from Blizzard, because the last event was cut short by one day, much to the chagrin of the game's most ardent players.

Blizzard noted shortly after that happened that it was sorry if it disappointed players:

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Mad Catz downplays financial problems

July 3, 2015

Game peripheral company Mad Catz is downplaying a recent admission to investors and in financial documents that the future of the company is in question. At the end of last month Mad Catz warned investors and government filings that it did not meet the requirements of a milestone set by creditor Wells Fargo. The company was supposed to hit a certain number of sales for the month and failed to do so.

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Physical media now an option for 'Shenmue 3' backers

July 3, 2015

The latest update to the Shenmue crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter announces that physical media is now planned. Playstation 4 and PC owners willing to back the project at the $60 level will be able to get a physical copy of the game. This backer level will have a choice of either a physical or digital copy of the game for either PS4 or Windows - a choice backers of this level will make when the company sends out a survey after the Kickstarter concludes.

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Andrew EisenI don't get the sense she's apologizing for firing one of their employees. For all we know, they could have a very good reason for letting her go. But yeah, hopefully Reddit's subsequent actions speak louder than Pao's words.07/06/2015 - 7:34pm
Goth_SkunkIf Pao is directly responsible for the termination of Reddit's AMA co-ordinator, then good for her for owning up to her mistake. If she wasn't, smart business sense to take the fall. It will all be in vain though if she can't earn back the trust she lost.07/06/2015 - 7:23pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://money.cnn.com/2015/07/06/technology/reddit-back-online-ellen-pao/index.html she kinda had no choice given what happened Friday.07/06/2015 - 6:48pm
Matthew Wilson@matt dont get me wrong, I think steam is a better platform, but it does need to improve in some areas07/06/2015 - 6:48pm
MattsworknameYes, but thats only cause its actual software systems are far worse thn steam07/06/2015 - 5:56pm
Matthew Wilson@matt well it got refunds before steam, and has better customer service07/06/2015 - 5:50pm
MattsworknameOrigin is getting better, but its still miles out from being on Steams level.07/06/2015 - 5:27pm
PHX Corphttp://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/3bvzy7/as_a_former_developer_theres_a_lot_of_things_i/ Reddit Games: As a former developer, there's a lot of things I wish gamers knew. Here are some of those things...07/06/2015 - 10:52am
james_fudgeI play all of my games there!07/06/2015 - 10:36am
Andrew EisenHey, have you heard of Origin? It's pretty sweet!07/06/2015 - 10:26am
MattsworknameNot sure if your being sarcastic, or if you joined up with EA's marketing department07/06/2015 - 4:01am
Andrew EisenI don't know, maybe a heaping, helping of DRM is the panacea for all that ails Konami.07/06/2015 - 1:24am
MattsworknameThe only thing thats gonna save them andrew , is walking back all the stupid they have been doing lately. At this point , ithink they did to much damage to there brand to survive07/06/2015 - 12:42am
PHX Corphad there been a sonic 4 episode 3, I would Buy it on Steam, Xbox 360 and PS3 right away07/05/2015 - 10:10pm
Andrew EisenWell, what if Konami released MGS 5 with a mandatory $60 plastic peripheral? Do you think that would help?07/05/2015 - 8:09pm
MattsworknameI dont think so, I think that between the lose of iga, kojima, and so forth, i think MGS 5 will be less succesfull then they think, and tha will spell there end.07/05/2015 - 7:08pm
Andrew EisenI'm sure the Metal Gear micro-transactions will keep 'em afloat!07/05/2015 - 6:58pm
MattsworknameKonami is dying, slowly, surely, inevitably. Capcom is in the same situation, and I think that if they don't get there respective acts together, there going to pull a thq and sell off all there IP.07/05/2015 - 6:51pm
Andrew EisenHowever, if you have a gaming PC and like PC gaming, the Wii U is arguably the best console you could get (unless you just don't care for Nintendo's games, of course).07/05/2015 - 6:07pm
Andrew EisenAnyway, if the Wii U is your only gaming platform, yeah, you're missing out on a ton of great stuff.07/05/2015 - 6:06pm
 

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